Jan 2, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Washington Wizards head coach Flip Saunders is ejected from the game in the first quarter as they take on the Boston Celtics at the TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Flip Saunders Offers Words of Encouragement

A few comments made during the reintroduction presser could, hopefully, if you squint and tilt your head and gaze into the tea leaves just right, imply that Flip gets it. That this Wolves roster needs fortification, balance and a clear path to march towards them without any Brandon Roy pratfalls.

We’re reaching the end of the Flip Saunders Small Plates portion of The Reintroduction period of the offseason and will be moving on to the less relevant, but definitely not less entertaining, personal revisionist history of David Kahn, via his multiple, voluntary exit interviews.

Here’s Flip in his own words…

Saunders on his thoughts on player transactions/contracts this summer… 
Saunders: “I think one, we have players that are under contract so we would buy those players at the contract. Kirilenko and Pek right now are under contract. As from what Glen has said, and since I’ve been in Minnesota hearing a lot, those players do like Minnesota and do want to remain here. So that’s the number one priority I think. You have people that want to be in the organization.

On the biggest concerns, needs for team… 
Saunders: “I think being at ESPN, I’ve studied all teams in the last year because that’s what I was paid to do, that was my job. But being here in Minnesota, yeah I see them a lot. I think the number one thing as I mentioned before, somehow we have to keep people healthy. And I don’t know if there’s a magic solution to that but we’ve got to try and see what we can do in order to do that. But I’d say more than anything, we need to get a balanced roster. I think we have somewhat of an unbalanced roster at positions. Get some players that maybe have interchangeable parts so I think that’s going to be the biggest thing.”

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